Many years ago I worked as an Information Manager at the NSW Cancer Council so with that background I was interested to see the use of innovative technology in this space with the introduction of the Wellness Community. While the community has been around for some years (Wash DC based) recently a swag of new functionality has been added to the site.
The Website provides free online support groups and education programs to people with cancer and their caregivers and families.
The community features new functionality including: chat support groups, Peer-to-peer social networking, Secure, thematic discussion forums,Personal blogs ,Video journals,Webcasts and podcasts and research tools to monitor symptoms and key quality of life indicators.
On a more local level the Cancer Council of NSW has its own version of the wellness community called Cancer Connections which is a very simple but well functioning site and looks relatively new.
Attending the Online Community Managers Roundtable last week was an eye-opener to the myriad of community types available but one area we didn’t discuss was Support Communities yet they have a very real and purposeful place today.